The Association of Small Bombs

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Karan Mahajan

Narrated By: Neil Shah

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2016

Duration: 9 hours 13 minutes

Summary:

The Association of Small Bombs is an expansive and deeply humane novel that is at once groundbreaking in empathy, dazzling in acuity, and ambitious in scope.

When brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, two Delhi schoolboys, pick up their family's television at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, disaster strikes without warning. A bomb-one of the many "small" bombs that go off seemingly unheralded across the world-detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys, to the devastation of their parents. Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb. After a brief stint at a university in America, Mansoor returns to Delhi where his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub, a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are more malleable than Mansoor could imagine. Woven into the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the gripping tale of Shockie, a Kashmiri bombĀ­maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland.

Karan Mahajan writes brilliantly about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators, proving himself to be one of the most provocative and dynamic novelists of his generation.

"The Association of Small Bombs is a brilliant examination of aftermath, how life is built of consequences, both imagined and unimagined, the tight web of human life and human sympathy. Karan Mahajan knows everyone, on every side of a detonation: the lost, the grieving, the innocent, the guilty, the damaged. It's hilarious and also devastating. Karan Mahajan is a virtuoso writer, and this is a wonderful book."-Elizabeth McCracken, Story Prize-winning author of Thunderstruck & Other Stories

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  • adam croce

    This book starts strong and ends in a steaming pile of garbage. The stories become contrived and tedious, the characters losing steam over time despite overwhelming circumstance. I can't believe I finished this book. It was a drudge at the end. But, I had made it so far. I wanted to like this book, but the characters are so distant and feeble. No one to root for. No one to admire. I don't think even one good thing happens to any character in the entire book. Who is this book even written for? I can't imagine an Indian person enjoying it. It's lost on an isolated island by itself. There was one redeeming scene, but it made no sense for the story, so it was a bit of a waste. I don't recommend this book at all. The reader was very good, however, doing many great voices. Impressed.